B-2 stealth bomber to fly over Springfield Friday to honor coronavirus workers
幸运飞艇跟人工计划A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber will fly over Springfield on Friday evening to honor medical and health care workers, essential employees and volunteers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
The black, bat-winged jet from Whiteman Air Force Base in northwest Missouri is scheduled to streak over Springfield at 6:22 p.m. The jet is from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing.
You'll need to keep a sharp lookout. The jet will be traveling fast and will make only one pass over the city, according to base public information officer Traci Howells.
"The flight path will be one pass, north to southwest, which should take it over Mercy hospital, " Howells said Thursday. "The aircraft will be flying at a safe, but clearly visible altitude."
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The stealth bomber will also make passes over Camdenton, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia and Jefferson City.
The flyovers are part of an Air Force-wide effort to honor first responders as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic, said Col. Ken Eaves, commander of the 131st Bomb Wing.
“We greatly appreciate the selfless service and sacrifices of our medical professionals and other COVID-19 essential workers,” Eaves said in a news release. “As Guardsmen, we’ve been honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these incredible professionals. Currently, hundreds of Missouri Air and Army National Guardsmen are mobilized to support these efforts.”
During the flyovers, all residents are encouraged to follow strict social distancing guidelines and refrain from gathering in large viewing groups.
The flyovers are part of the Air Force’s Operation American Resolve. The program honors the heroism of medical professionals, health care workers and first responders working tirelessly to combat the pandemic.
Dozens of similar missions have been conducted across the country in recent weeks, including a flight made up of B-2s and A-10s flown by airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing and 442nd Fighter Wing, respectively, over Kansas City on April 28.
The U.S. Air Force performs almost 1,000 flyovers each year, to include air shows, national-level sporting events and any event in support of a patriotic holiday.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Flyovers are fully functional training missions, designed to maintain the lethality and readiness of Air Force pilots and maintainers. They are conducted at no additional cost to taxpayers and are incorporated into existing flying schedules.
The 131st Bomb Wing is the only National Guard wing to fly the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.